Leeds today: footpaths, civic, bees, trains, parking, decisions, mirror, Pride and elephants.

Friday!

If you’re out for a lovely cool evening wander, beware the state of Yorkshire’s footpaths, which are rapidly deteriorating according to the West Riding area of the Ramblers’ Association.

Shhhh! Secret Leeds. Say no more. [winks]

We have the Culture Vulture on civic pride. A great piece of writing;

The more esoteric knowledge about Leeds I acquire, the more enriched my experience of the city is, and that’s important because it creates a welcome rift beyond the patriotism I condemn and the civic pride I’m coming to appreciate.

Scientists, including some from the University of Leeds, have found parasites on our native bees which have come in on imported bees. Yet another threat to this essential insect, as if it didn’t have enough already.

Poop poop! New carriages for East Coast trains have been commissioned, and they’re being made in the North, too. We’ll hopefully see them in Leeds station from 2019. Speaking of the East Coast line, rail workers have been protesting at the planned re-privatisation.

Revised parking prices (and 24-hour opening) start at Woodhouse Lane car park in advance of the Arena opening next week (I know – we give you ALL the exciting stories here on BGL).

John Baron summarises Council meeting decisions on the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, lapdancing clubs, etc. on The City Talking, whilst on South Leeds Life has Jeremy Morton on the sad decision to demolish the South Leeds Sports Centre.

Journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University are to join the Morley Observer for a week, “assuming responsibility for producing the news agenda”.

The summer school holidays are imminent, I believe, so for those needing to entertain young ones, a few ideas come to mind:

Age UK Leeds and the Arch Café are opening as an LGBT friendly space and an alternative, alcohol free venue for anyone who is in Leeds during Pride on Sunday 4th August, because many under 18s, older people, families or people with disabilities may not want to attend the after party for Pride on Lower Briggate – which, whilst being enormous fun, can be a bit overwhelming. The guys at Age UK will also be holding a vigil for people who would like to show solidarity for those who are currently being persecuted and prosecuted abroad for being LGBT.

That’s it. I’ll leave you with elephants being hosed down in the heat at a British zoo. Sweet! See you next week, and thanks for reading.

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